The American Humane Association, which promotes the welfare and safety of animals, says there are 20,000 service dogs working in the U.S. Continue reading ? The post These 19 states are cracking down on fake service dogs appeared first on PBS NewsHour.
Can states stop people from trying to pass off their pets as service animals? By Michael Ollove Chris Slavin was in an
STOP FAKING SERVICE DOGS: Loving your pet too much is putting people with real disabilities at risk. I’d noticed the big uptick, but never minded so long as the dogs were well-behaved. This article puts an entirely different spin on the situation.
Loving your pet too much is putting people with real disabilities at risk
There’s been lots of stories about Uber drivers doing things which aren’t very nice like charging a customer for fake vomit in the car, getting arrested for injuring a service dog, and getting accused of rape. Here’s a story a bit different...Show More Summary
Colorado is saying enough to people with fake service dogs. But who does the bill really help?
First things first, I wish to issue forth a disclaimer. As the mother of a child who relies on a wheelchair to get from point A to point B, I recognize that I am likely more sensitive about... Read More
Photo courtesy of Dale McDonald Photographer LLC I have a friend who lost a leg ten years ago. No one has ever said how lucky he is to have such a cool prosthetic and how they really want one, too. Yet, if he used a dog instead of a prosthetic to function, that's exactly the kind of comments he would get. Show More Summary
In order to gain access to public places such as restaurants and hotels with their pets a number of people are purchasing service dog vests and meaningless assistance dog identification cards and certificates from commercial online service dog registries. These do not require that the dog be trained nor that the person have a disability.
Sadly, not an April Fool's joke:California-based Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organisation that provides highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities, says "service dog fraud" is making it more and more difficult for genuine owners to be taken seriously...It is easy to buy a service dog vest on the internet. Show More Summary
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"Service dog fraud" is a thing, now. Qualified handlers are aggravated by the increase of people saying their dogs are service animals, allowing them entry to cool human-only places, when they are not. Read the rest
British Columbia is considering a bill that would reform the laws governing service animals, including an attempt to address the problem of fake service dogs by creating a licensing system. Bill Thornton, CEO of BC and Alberta GuideShow More Summary
A "dog-walker" in Seattle recently posted a Craigslist ad offering their services in hilarious fashion, but is the ad - which rapidly went viral - real or fake? "HEY RICH-ASS DOG OWNERS," the intro reads, as the dog walker presents a...Show More Summary
Frequent fliers offer up a silent prayer each time they board a plane: Please, God, don't let me be seated next to a gregarious blowhard or a crying baby. Soon enough, they might want to add, or a pig.
While there are many Americans with legitimate needs for service animals, and who are legally allowed to take those animals into restaurants and stores where they would normally be banned, there are some people who exploit the service animal label without any bona fide medical or therapeutic need. Show More Summary
They could also pay up to $500 in fines. Florida lawmakers are cracking down on service dog impostors. According WPBF, the state believes that too many pet owners without real disabilities are claiming that their animal is a service dog, making it hard for those who legitimately need their service animals to dine at restaurants. Show More Summary
After word got out that I had worked to shut down a fake Pit Bull rescue, I started getting lots of messages regarding various questionable rescues. One of these was Raja Renata Ranch (later called RRR Service Dogs) in Tennessee. Several...Show More Summary
Somehow, I've never lost my capacity to be amazed at the depths people will go to make a buck. This surprises me; after all, the last fifteen years or so have been one long litany of revelations about how predatory business practices are treated as -- just business. Show More Summary
Usually when we write about fake service animals, it's about perfectly able-bodied people who slap a service vest on their dog so that they can take it into public places. Although that's an astonishingly scuzzy and entitled thing to...Show More Summary